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Further Tales of the City (Tales of the City #3)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  8,090 ratings  ·  247 reviews

The calamity-prone residents of 28 Barbary Lane are at it again in this deliciously dark novel of romance and betrayal. While Anna Madrigal imprisons an anchorwoman in her basement, Michael Tolliver looks for love at the National Gay Rodeo, DeDe Halcyon Day and Mary Ann Singleton track a charismatic psychopath across Alaska, and society columnist Prue Giroux loses her hea

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Paperback, 239 pages
Published January 1st 1982 by Harper Colophon Books
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Carrie
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Matty Smith
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Ed
As I continue my 2013 re-read of the Tales of the City series, I am guessing I will have to say less and less about it. Obviously I enjoy it very much, and while I recall the series "tail"-ing off at some point -- and thought it may have started here with the 3rd installment -- Further Tales of the City -- such was not the case. Although I had some trepidation at the start as I did not recall having fond memories of the emergence of Prue Giroux and the whole Guyana subplot, but alas it all charm ...more
Sean Kennedy
This is the last of the 'lighthearted' Tales of the City books, as the fourth will usher in the beginning of the AIDS crisis and the hardening of Mary Ann Singleton. Sometimes when re-reading this book I want to stop and pretend it ended there, so I can hold onto more cherished memories of the characters we have grown to love so much. The wacky plots may continue, but there's a darkness from hereon out that tends to overshadow it all.
Laura
From BBC Radio 4 Extra:
Dramatisation of Armistead Maupin's classic sequence of comic novels about the denizens of a San Francisco apartment house in the late 70s and early 80s
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Max Zumstein
I fell deeply in love with the Tales of the City series when I read the first two installments as required reading in my Gay and Lesbian Lit class last semester. Maupin's prose is sparse yet surgical, his dialogue is lively and enjoyable, and he's able to create the type of characters that actually make me give a shit what happens to them; something that perhaps dazzles me more than it should as I spend so much of my time reading books where characters and plot are more-or-less secondary to them ...more
Nicole Gervasio
This one might be the slowest of all of the books so far to get into, but once it picks up its force, it really does-- full-throttle. I was honestly really disappointed in the beginning of the book, because Maupin unexpectedly leaps ahead three years in all of our characters' lives. So, many of the story lines left hanging in the previous installment remain suspended. It's as if he got bored with moving so slowly with them... but, more likely now that I think about it, he probably just wanted li ...more
Lisa
Now stupidly I got this out of the library and didn't look at the cover properly so only when I got it home did I realise this is number 3 in the series - der!

It didn't really matter as it was a whole new story for the characters not a continuation. It just meant that I got a tiny bit lost at times and didn't know all the history of the characters which would probably have made me care about them more.

I found the characters quite alien but some of this may have been due to reading the 3rd book 1
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Sabrina Chapadjiev
you know- I'd give this book a five stars if it really shook me to my core. I like books that really make me completely question myself, that rattle something deep inside. This book is not that. This book is fucking hilarious. Witty, smooth, an absolute portrait of SF living in the very early eighties/late seventies, but even much more than that. This one was way out there with the sudden intense mystery stuck in the middle of the book that unravels into what is, hilariously, a gay threes compan ...more
Armin Hennig
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Bislang der Höhepunkt der Reihe, enthält alle typischen Elemente, die man lieben oder hassen kann, daneben aber mit der Rückkehr von Jim Jones einen Roten Faden, der den Aufbau eines grotesken Thrillerszenarios ermöglicht, dessen Auflösung sich aber den traditionellen Mechanismen entzieht.
Charles Eliot
I'm half-way through rereading the original six Tales of the City books, so I can dig into the three recently published sequels.

Further Tales of the City is my least favourite of the first three books, for two reasons.

First, the plot is preposterous. Armistead Maupin pulls his usual trick of juxtaposing characters through unlikely coincidences, but that's not the most annoying part. My main complaint is that the central plot is plain silly, constructed from an unbelievable premise, abrupt twists
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Elizabeth
For a light-hearted comedy romp, this book sure is dark as fuck. Tales of the City is a series about the adventures and misadventures of bunch of San Franciscans so when I tell you that this book is about the psychotic mass-murdering leader of Jonestown, raping a woman weakened by illness in front of her children in order to establish himself as "father" of their family, then after his supposed death and her escape, stalking her, kidnapping her children and wrapping them in the skins of mutilate ...more
Alicia
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Steven
This third installment in the "Tales of the City" series was a disappointing letdown after the very creative second book. The focus is off the gay characters and the marijuana-fumed environment at 28 Barbary Lane -- indeed, landlady Anna Madrigal makes little more than a token appearance here -- and a new person is introduced, Prue Giroux, who is really not very likeable or interesting. The plot twists, which were pretty bizarre in volume two while still being entertaining, here simply defy beli ...more
Fabian
Maupin makes doppelgangers of his beloved characters, plays them out beautifully like a Chess Magician, and Michael and Co. move graciously to the background-- until you need them to be in the narrative, and then they save the day! Talk about complete reader fidelity. Because the clashes with actual 80's Americana (historical events mostly) are in such garish, odd taste (like talking about a topic way too early...AIDS, plane crashes, whathaveyou), it takes a while for the palate to become entran ...more
Allison
I love these books! Can't wait to start on number 4!
Richard Moss
Read the first Tales of the City while on holiday in San Fransisco and was hooked enough to carry on.

The plot in the third in the series is far-fetched though intriguing, centring around the Jonestown deaths in Guyana.

But it is just a joy to spend time with Maupin's well-drawn and loveable characters. I do agree with some comments though that there's not quite enough of Mrs Madrigal in this installment.

The joy of the series and the skill of Maupin is in the development of these characters. The
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Jules
This starts off as a bit of a frustrating installment. A few years have passed from More Tales and there's some re-arranging of the main characters' lives as they previously ended from being happy couples. This is all about girl-power with Mary Ann teaming up with DeDe Day (and to a lesser extent, ditzy social columnist Prue Gireaux) as they investigate the mysterious happenings of a charismatic cult leader who might have survived the real-life Jonestown massacre in 1978. Michael Tolliver sadly ...more
Kendra
My favorite so far. I couldn't go to bed until I finished it. Although I did miss Mona, the extreme drama kept me on the edge of my seat. It even exacerbated the creep-factor of a certain historical event that I've always been intrigued with. A lot to take in, but definitely my favorite.
David
Being familiar with the madness (I'd read the wikipedia article about Jonestown) made this more fun. I also really like Michael now that he is more secure and rounded (and not called "Mouse" much anymore).
Tifnie
While in general I enjoyed the book, though a little off beat, I didn't enjoy the last half of the book. Unfortunately it felt as if the author was bored with his characters and decided to add a subplot to the whole story that took the reader on a whole different direction.

Further Tales of the City is book 3 in the series which I haven't read 1 nor 2 and probably won't. The story originally takes place in San Francisco with a tight knit community of homosexuals, a landlady and a heterosexual cou
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Heather
I thought this was better than the first two, had more intrigue and surprises!
Erin
I absolutely adored this entry in the series. I know it was extremely fantastastical, but that's what I loved about it. Jim Jones!!! Pure and total craziness, yet handled so well.

And how does he put so much humor into his suspense and drama? I love it. And it was nice to see Dr. Jon come back.

And while I hated that Brian and Michael had to deal with extremely violent prejudice, I admire the fact that Maupin wrote about it in such a straight forward manner and actually acknowledged it. I can't im
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Bill
I don't think I've ever read a series more out of order! I just finished the "last" book in the series, "The Days of Anna Madrigal", and now I'm back to this book, the third. Considering the time skips between each book, it almost feels kind of natural to jump around, like being told a long story out of order.

As with the other books in this series, the character development and dialogue are why I read these books. The plots rely on coincidence and luck (both good and bad) a little too much for t
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Tamsen
This is still good - but not as good as the previous! Michael is still by far the best character, and whenever Maupin talks through Michael about being gay and society's reactions - this is where these books shine.

I was surprised they got rid of Mona so quickly. The Jon thing was weird. The entire plot involving Jim Jones was weird. Very unlike the other books, and I didn't think it added any value to them. Mary Ann's new career choices felt sudden. Mary Ann and Brian felt sudden. Skipping three
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Jean Marie Angelo
The Tales series has been on my "to read" list for years. I am glad to have finally finished the thrid book in the series. These books are delightful and nostalgic for me. Maupin writes in a fast-paced, witty way, and peppers the narrative with political and cultural references to the 1970s. Of course I am drawn to these books — I came of age during these years. By the time I gradulated college in 1980, San Francisco famous for being a gay haven. It is wonderful to relive the disco age, the Vill ...more
Mark
Oh dear! Has the shine worn off? Again, I loved this book when I first read it, but found it a tad disappointing this time round. It is the final "Tales" book to have been made into a TV series and I think it is this that it suffers from. Armistead Maupin wrote the screenplays for the adaptations of the first three "Tales" books and was very hands-on in the production. That meant that, in the TV version, he got to improve on the bits that he hadn't got quite right. It is beautiful to see how the ...more
Geoff
Are you sick of the Tales of the City reviews yet? I hope not! I’m just finishing up Babycakes and should have a post for Monday. Then you get a brief break while I reread Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle in time for the November 8th release of the fourth and final novel, Inheritance.

I read Further Tales of the City before deciding to go back and restart the series. Thus, I’m posting out-of-order, which is a big hypothetical no-no in my blog mind, but I didn’t want to start posting with b
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Wichard Fella
I absolutely fell in love with these books from the first one, Armistead Maupin did an amazing job of creating a world full of awesome characters with comedy, drama, suspense all rolled into one.

One cannot help but love most of the characters, except the odd psycho or two. I feel sorry for Mary- Ann though, she seems to have to keep a secret at the end of each book. I love the way he describes each chapter with a headline, really funny and smart!

In the third book, Mary Ann is on a big story, h
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Kathleen Hagen
Further Tales of the City, by Armistead Maupin, Narraated by Frances McDormand, Produced by Harper Audio, Downloaded from audible.com.

This is the third in the Tales of the City series. We are now in about 1982, about five years beyond the last book. In this one, the main events occur surrounding Dee, who, along with her twins, was not killed in Jonestown, but escaped before the final “White night.” But she believed that some of the “temple people” still alive in California might be after her. We
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Armistead Maupin was born in Washington, D.C., in 1944 but grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. A graduate of the University of North Carolina, he served as a naval officer in the Mediterranean and with the River Patrol Force in Vietnam.

Maupin worked as a reporter for a newspaper in Charleston, South Carolina, before being assigned to the San Francisco bureau of the Associated Press in 1971. In 19
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Other Books in the Series

Tales of the City (9 books)
  • Tales of the City (Tales of the City, #1)
  • More Tales of the City (Tales of the City, #2)
  • Babycakes (Tales of the City, #4)
  • Significant Others
  • Sure of You (Tales of the City, #6)
  • Michael Tolliver Lives (Tales of the City, #7)
  • Mary Ann in Autumn (Tales of the City, #8)
  • The Days of Anna Madrigal (Tales of the City, #9)
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